Category: cycling

Geraint Thomas taken to hospital after heavy crash at Tour de Suisse

• Welsh rider falls 27 kilometres from finish
• Team Ineos confirm Thomas has abandoned race

Geraint Thomas, the reigning Tour de France champion, escaped with minor injuries after crashing heavily at the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday and is expected to be able to defend his title after teammate Chris Froome was ruled out the race last week.

Related: Chris Froome’s injuries ‘could have been hell of a lot worse’, says Thomas

.@GeraintThomas86 has crashed out of the Tour de Suisse

Hopefully the @TeamINEOS rider is okay for the Tour de France pic.twitter.com/fYLHQqUtxV

Related: Lizzie Deignan takes Women’s Tour glory by two seconds

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Chris Froome’s injuries ‘could have been hell of a lot worse’, says Thomas

• Tour de France champion says Froome’s absence is ‘big blow’
• ‘He was lucky to come away with the damage he’s done’

Chris Froome was “lucky” not to have sustained even greater injuries following his crash last week, according to teammate Geraint Thomas.

Froome crashed into a wall at 37mph in the French town of Roanne last Wednesday, leaving him with multiple broken bones including a fractured neck, a fractured right femur, a broken hip and fractured ribs. Thomas, who will lead Team Ineos into the Tour de France in Froome’s absence, said the accident “could have been a hell of a lot worse” and admitted the absence of the 34-year-old will be a “big blow” to the team.

Related: Dave Brailsford believes Chris Froome will fight to return to top-level cycling

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Dave Brailsford believes Chris Froome will fight to return to top-level cycling

• Team Ineos principal says cyclist unlikely to retire after crash
• Brailsford wants sport to introduce better safety procedures

Team Ineos principal Dave Brailsford is convinced Chris Froome will fight to return to top-level cycling after his life-threatening crash.

Froome suffered extensive injuries when his bike hit a wall at almost 35mph on Wednesday during his fourth-stage reconnaissance of the Criterium du Dauphine. The four-time Tour de France winner is recovering at the University Hospital of St Etienne where he underwent a six-hour operation.

Related: Chris Froome’s accident gives Team Ineos clarity in most unfortunate way

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Chris Froome says he is lucky to be alive after serious accident

  • Rider recovering in St Etienne hospital after crash
  • ‘I am fully focused on returning back to my best’

Chris Froome has admitted he is lucky to be alive after speaking for the first time since his horror cycling accident.

The four-time Tour de France winner came off his bike and hit a wall at 37mph on Wednesday while examining a time-trial stage route in the Critérium de Dauphiné. He sustained multiple fractures, including a broken leg, elbow and several ribs, requiring extensive surgery. It has been also been reported that Froome suffered a fractured neck, faces six weeks in hospital and is not expected to compete again this year.

Related: Lizzie Deignan takes Women’s Tour glory by two seconds

“I hope he was watching, this one was for Chris!” @WoutPoels dedicates his Dauphine stage win to injured teammate @chrisfroome #Dauphiné pic.twitter.com/aXqVtuRMmy

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Lizzie Deignan takes Women’s Tour glory by two seconds

  • British rider holds off Katarzyna Niewiadom to win
  • Amy Pieters sprints home in concluding sixth stage

Lizzie Deignan took victory in the Women’s Tour after pipping Katarzyna Niewiadoma by just two seconds, the smallest winning margin in the race’s history.

The Trek-Segafredo rider finished eighth after a bunch sprint on the concluding sixth stage to Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire, ahead of Niewiadoma. Amy Pieters won the stage.

@AmyPieters wins the sixth and final stage of this year’s @OVOEnergy Women’s Tour at @ParkPembrey .@TrekSegafredo’s @lizziedeignan finishes safely within the front group to become our 2019 champion! #OVOWT #UCIWWT pic.twitter.com/B7ykZpcqOR

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Fastest in the race, but not at opening the champagne!
Congrats @lizziedeignan!! pic.twitter.com/ebrJqnalhr

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Lizzie Deignan takes Women’s Tour race lead after stage five victory

• British rider is one second ahead of Kasia Niewiadoma
• Final stage sees competitors head through Carmarthenshire

Lizzie Deignan moved into the overall race lead at the Women’s Tour with one day remaining after winning stage five in Builth Wells.

The Briton proved too strong in a sprint for Kasia Niewiadoma, the winner of stage four, with Trek-Segafredo teammate Elisa Longo Borghini coming home third.

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Chris Froome conscious after surgery but rider remains in intensive care

• Four-times Tour de France winner undergoes extensive surgery
• Dave Brailsford says no timescale will be put on return to cycling

Chris Froome has succesfully come through surgery following his high-speed crash but the four-times Tour de France champion is expected to remain in intensive care for the next two or three days and no timeframe has been put on his rehabilitation.

Froome came off his bike and hit a wall at 37mph on Wednesday while examing a time trial stage route in the Critérium de Dauphiné. The Team Ineos rider sustained multiple fractures, including a broken femur, elbow and several ribs. He required extensive surgery overnight in a hospital in St Etienne.

Related: Chris Froome’s accident gives Team Ineos clarity in most unfortunate way

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Chris Froome’s accident gives Team Ineos clarity in most unfortunate way

Losing the four-times winner is a blow but it leaves Geraint Thomas as the team’s clear leader for the Tour de France

To seal the destiny of the 2019 Tour de France, the organisers have devised a final week with some of the toughest climbing ever seen in the race’s history. It is highly likely, however, that the defining moment may turn out to be Chris Froome’s horrendous accident on Wednesday while warming up for a time trial, which has stymied his attempt to win a fifth Tour before he even glimpsed the starting blocks.

That is not to belittle Froome’s erstwhile fellow competitors, least of all the defending champion, Geraint Thomas. A multiple Tour winner is a key reference point in every Tour he rides, who weighs heavily on the racing each day, even when, as last year, a teammate ends up heading seamlessly for the win.

Related: Chris Froome out of Tour de France after suffering suspected broken leg

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Chris Froome in intensive care with multiple fractures after high-speed crash

• ‘It’s a very serious accident,’ says Dave Brailsford
• Froome out of Tour de France after freak 37mph crash

Chris Froome is out of the Tour de France after sustaining “multiple serious injuries” in a freak high-speed accident. The four-times champion, who is in intensive care, broke a leg, ribs and an elbow after colliding with a wall outside the town of Roanne in the Loire on Wednesday. He lost control in high winds when he attempted to blow his nose while cycling at 37mph.

The accident seriously dents the chances of Team Ineos winning the Tour at the first time of asking under their new identity, after taking six of the previous seven titles as Team Sky. The 34-year-old faces months of convalescence and is unlikely to race again this season.

Related: Chris Froome’s accident gives Team Ineos clarity in most unfortunate way

Chris is in surgery at the moment to repair the multiple fractures, please keep him in your thoughts. I hope to be able to share a message from him tomorrow morning – MF

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Marianne Vos edges Lizzie Deignan in thrilling second stage of Women’s Tour

• Dutch racer ends group sprint two metres ahead of rival
• Sam Bennett clinches stage victory in Critérium du Dauphiné

Marianne Vos has won the second stage of the Women’s Tour after a dramatic finish at the Kent Cyclopark on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old from the Netherlands, who won the Tour de Yorkshire last month, prevailed in a group sprint with Lizzie Deignan finishing second.

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